Arms of a Dream

Arms of a Dream

by Reuben and the DarkReuben and the Dark


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Like the dramatic landscape they call home, Calgary's Reuben and the Dark specialize in panoramic folk-rock that builds slowly like a rainstorm across a rolling prairie. Prior to 2014's Funeral Sky, frontman Reuben Bullock issued a pair of solo outings that detailed his transformation from indie folk lone wolf to nuanced ensemble leader, setting the table for a more cinematic approach. Bullock's journey continues on Arms of a Dream, the band's second release for the Arts + Crafts label, which sees them expanding into lusher, pop-oriented territories. Enlisting a small army of producers, including Canadians Stephen "Koz" Kozmeniuk and Graham Lessard and American Adrianne "AG" Gonzalez, Reuben and the Dark summon their powers and play to the back seats, building dense textures and Walls of Sound to convey a world caught between dreaming and wakefulness. Bullock has a knack for amping the introspective into the epic and does so nimbly on highlights like "Wildlife" and "Dreaming," the latter of which indicates the pop-forward direction they seem to be heading in. At times, Arms of a Dream falls a little too melodramatic, with misfires like "Hallelujah" and "Woke Up a Rebel" struggling under their own weight, but for the most part, the band feels right at home in their chosen branch of expansive folk-rock.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/2018
Label: Arts & Crafts
UPC: 0827590146129
catalogNumber: 461
Rank: 75483

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Reuben and the Dark   Primary Artist
Reuben Bullock   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Shea Alain   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Sounds,Group Member
Brock Geiger   Keyboards,Vocals,Sounds,Group Member
Dino Soares   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Ian Jarvis   Bass,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Blaine Kaplan   Management
Graham Lessard   Producer,Engineer
Christopher Lloyd Hayden   Producer
Adrianne Gonzalez   Composer,Producer
Stephen Kozmeniuk   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Reuben Bullock   Composer
Shea Alain   Arranger,Composer
Todd Clarke   Composer
Bled Celhyka   Management
Brock Geiger   Arranger,Composer
Dino Soares   Arranger,Composer
Ian Jarvis   Arranger,Composer

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